Carmelo Anthony was ejected on Wednesday night after elbowing Atlanta Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha in the neck. The two were wrapped up down low, and briefly squared off before the New York Knicks star was assessed a Flagrant 2 and dismissed from the game.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Anthony said that he felt Sefolosha overacted the interaction and that his part didn’t warrant an ejection.
“I don’t think it was anything Sefolosha was doing as far as being overly physical or anything like that. It was just a battle; we were both trying to go for it. Got tangled up,” Anthony told reporters Thursday. “He did his European and flopped a little bit.”
Sefolosha, who received a technical foul on the play, had said after the game that Anthony had punched him.
“That was a fist right in my face,” he said.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek predictably sided with his star player, saying he didn’t blame Carmelo for the interaction and that he thought Sefolosha had his arms around Anthony’s neck.
It was the second time this season that Anthony had been ejected from a game, the first coming on Nov. 11 against the Boston Celtics.
New York lost both games in which Anthony was ejected.